“Food can be your best form of medicine or the slowest form of poison”. You may have noticed the recent nutritional popularity in organic foods. But what is this hype all about? We all know that to lose weight or to burn fat you need to ‘eat clean and train mean’, but how much ‘food’ is in your food?
In today’s world, food is produced/grown to maximise profits. Pesticides are used to maximise yield from planted seeds, preservatives are then used to prolong shelf life and so on… Starting to catch my drift? So in the end, how much ‘food’ is in your food?
What is Organic?
Organic food is defined as, food produced or involving production without the use of chemical fertilizers, pesticides, or other artificial chemicals. In general terms, food that is cultivated naturally without chemicals. Natural being the key word!
Benefits of Organic Food
Ingesting organic food vs non organic food has not only a multitude of health benefits but also environmental benefits as well. Here are just some of the benefits organic food has to offer:
- Studies have shown that organic foods have 60-80% more nutrients than non organic food
- Organic milk has higher levels of vitamin E
- Organic cheese can contain 2 x the amount of nutrients compared to conventional varieties
- Organic tomatoes, berries, potatos, cabbage and onions have 20-40% more antioxidants
- Organic spinach and cabbage have 2 x the amount of minerals
It’s plain to see that organic foods are a lot more nutritious compared to non-organic foods.
How Do I Know if it’s Organic?
Look for the word ‘organic’ on the label when trying to find nutrient rich organic foods. Foods labeled “100 percent organic” must contain only organic ingredients. Products containing at least 70-percent organic content can be labeled “made with organic ingredients.” Those foods labeled simply “organic” must have at least 95-percent organic ingredients, by weight or fluid volume, excluding water and salt.
Alternatively, in Australia, look for these labels for proof of organic origin:
Organic vs Non-Organic Case Study
The below video illustrates the difference of organic foods vs non-organic foods when it comes to harmful pesticide ingestion. Foods using pesticides and chemical fertilizers kill off many nutrients due to the potency of chemicals used and can sometimes absorb the toxic chemicals within the food itself.
Watch the video below on a study conducted by the Swedish Environmental Research Institute IVL on the chemical affects on the body from non-organic foods vs organic foods.